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October 12, 2018

PRINCE’S FAMILY ASKS TRUMP TO STOP USING HIS MUSIC

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Prince’s surviving family members are asking President Donald Trump to stop using the late rock star’s music at campaign rallies. Prince’s “Purple Rain” has frequently been on Trump’s playlist at recent rallies, including last week in Southaven, Mississippi. Prince’s half-brother Omarr Baker tweeted the estate’s opposition to use of any Prince music by Trump. A spokeswoman for the estate confirmed Friday that a request had been made to discontinue using it. A White House spokeswoman referred questions to the Trump campaign, which didn’t immediately respond. Prince died in 2016 from an accidental fentanyl overdose at his Paisley Park complex in Chanhassen, Minnesota.

MISTER ROGERS FILM-FATALITY

MOUNT LEBANON, Pa. (AP) — Authorities say a crew member working on a movie about Mister Rogers has died after he suffered an apparent medical emergency and fell two stories off a balcony in western Pennsylvania. Allegheny County say James Emswiller fell around 7:30 p.m. Thursday during a break in filming. The 61-year-old Pittsburgh man died later at a hospital. Emswiller was involved in the sound production of “You Are My Friend,” which was shooting a scene in Mount Lebanon. The film is based on the life of Fred Rogers, the genial host of “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood.” Mount Lebanon police say Emswiller fell over a brick wall on the balcony at an apartment building. Film star Tom Hanks, who is playing Rogers in the movie, was at the site and later left.

“FIRST MAN” - RYAN GOSLING HELPED BY ARMSTRONG’S SONS

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Ryan Gosling says that one of the biggest challenges of making the Neil Armstrong film “First Man” was knowing the late astronaut’s sons were going to see it. The film from director Damien Chazelle pulls the curtain back on the enigmatic astronaut, who shied away from press and public life after walking on the moon. Neil Armstrong’s sons Rick and Mark Armstrong were involved in the production at every step helping to shed light on their father. Gosling says their involvement was “invaluable” and that although it was difficult to find personal details about Armstrong, he respected the astronaut’s ability to keep the focus on the mission and the hundreds of thousands of people who made it possible. “First Man” is now playing in theaters nationwide.

ALEC BALDWIN: NEW SHOW WON’T BE TOO POLITICAL

NEW YORK (AP) — When his new talk show premieres Sunday night, don’t expect Alec Baldwin to get overly political. The 60-year old actor plans to leave that on the set of “Saturday Night Live” with his occasional impersonations of President Donald Trump. The new “The Alec Baldwin Show” on ABC at 10 p.m. will feature candid one-on-one conversations with celebrities and cultural icons. His guests are another story. The talk show debuts with the politically outspoken Robert De Niro this Sunday. Taraji P. Henson is the other guest. Baldwin said the long form interview format allows him to take a “deep dive” into the issues with each subject. Plus, staying in one place works great for his family life.

SCHWARZENEGGER ‘STEPPED OVER THE LINE’ WITH WOMEN

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Arnold Schwarzenegger says he “stepped over the line several times” with women. In an interview released Tuesday in Men’s Health , the actor and former Republican governor of California says he was the “first one to say sorry.” Schwarzenegger says he feels bad about it and apologies. Schwarzenegger was accused of sexual misconduct when he ran for governor in 2003 and he denied the allegations. He says that’s why there were sexual harassment courses when he became governor to make sure no one, including himself, made that mistake. Schwarzenegger says calling political opponents “girlie men” was shortsighted even though he improvised it at the time. He says he has not changed his views of masculinity. He says his mother was the woman he was originally most in love with.

HARVEY WEINSTEIN: A YEAR LATER

NEW YORK (AP) — In the year since the entertainment industry was rocked by sexual assault allegations against Harvey Weinstein, arts professionals are trying to respond in multiple ways. Some in the industry are doubling down on ensuring actors and actresses are aware of anti-harassment policies. Some are holding workshops. Others are hiring advocates on the set to ensure a safe environment in the workplace. In April, SAG-AFTRA released a guideline calling on producers to refrain from holding professional meetings in hotel rooms and private residences. The union also urged actors to avoid high-risk locations. Arts professionals say real, lasting change can occur only when power imbalances are corrected and the number of women calling the shots is increased.

LINDSEY BUCKINGHAM SUES FLEETWOOD MAC

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Lindsey Buckingham is suing Fleetwood Mac for kicking him off the band’s new tour. In the suit, the Hollywood Reporter says the guitarist and songwriter is seeking his share of the tour because he says he still wants and is able to perform. The suit names bandmates Mick Fleetwood, Stevie Nicks, Christine McVie and John McVie. Buckingham claims he was told five days after the group appeared at Radio City Music Hall in January that the band would tour without him. He says he would have been paid at least $12 million for his share of the tour proceeds. The band’s publicist has not responded to an email seeking comment. The more than 50-city tour began Oct. 3, with Mike Campbell and Neil Finn replacing Buckingham.

“WHAT’S HAPPENING” CO-STAR DANIELLE SPENCER RECOVERING FROM BRAIN SURGERY

NEW YORK (AP) — Danielle Spencer, who played the tattletale little sister Dee Thomas on the 1970s TV series “What’s Happening!!,” is home in Virginia recuperating from emergency brain surgery after a series of health setbacks. Spencer, who had been working as a veterinarian, was released from a hospital Oct. 4 after surgery for a bleeding hematoma, a result of a 1977 car accident that killed her stepfather, Tim Pelt, as he shielded her from harm. She can speak just slightly and must use crutches to walk, said a spokesman, Jason Hardy. The 53-year-old Spencer began suffering symptoms in 2004, when she was confined to a wheelchair and did a long stint in rehab to relearn how to walk. In 2014, she was diagnosed with breast cancer and had a double mastectomy, Hardy said.

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